“A professional and educational summer training program for today’s musician.”

This exclusive professional summer training program (running over August 13–19, 2018 in downtown Toronto, Canada) is tailor-made to individual singers’ needs.

This program lets you bring your best, your worst, your tired, your polished, (and the ones you won’t do for many many years, but want to look at it) into a space to work on the development of your craft. This intensive is meant for you to prioritize your individual artistic needs, in the middle of August when audition season is just around the corner. Bring us your Mozart. Bring us your weird. Bring us that random piece you really want on your audition package but it’s “just not coached enough.” Or, work on your upcoming roles for the 2018/2019 Season. We’re here to make this program uniquely yours, and we want to make sure you get what you need to set you up for success.

Guided by some of the core members from the Against the Grain Theatre Creative Team (Joel Ivany, Topher Mokrzewski and Miriam Khalil), applicants will be offered individual coaching, voice lessons, scene study, masterclasses, professional organization skills and a new headshot (optional).

Deadline to apply: Friday, May 25, 2018 at midnight EST. (Candidates will hear back from AtG by June 1.)

Cost: $500, with 50% deposit due June 15. (Remainder due July 15.) Payment can be made by e-transfer to info@againstthegraintheatre.com or in cash.

Location: 227 Front Street East, Toronto, ON, Canada, M5A 1E8

Questions? Contact info@againstthegraintheatre.com with “[Your Full Name] + Against the Grain Summer Intensive” in the subjectline and a real human will reply ASAP.

How to Apply: See below.

Photos: Darryl Block

Key Dates

May 25 – Deadline to Apply
June 1 – Successful Applicants Will Receive Confirmation
June 14 – 50% Deposit Deadline ($250)
July 15 – Remaining 50% Deposit Deadline ($250)
August 13–19 – Summer Intensive


Payable by etransfer or cash


Etransfers can be sent to info@againstthegraintheatre.com in two 50% instalments on June 15 and July 15.


COC’s Studios
227 Front Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 1E8
Entrance marked “Imperial Oil Theatre” near Berkeley St

Apply Now

Complete our Online Submissions form by Friday, May 25, 2018 at midnight EST.


Photos: Darryl Block Photography


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Joel Ivany

Joel Ivany

Founder & Artistic Director


Joel Ivany is the Founder and Artistic Director of AtG, and is the artistic director of Banff Centre’s “Opera in the 21st Century.” His directing credits include productions of Verdi’s Macbeth (Minnesota Opera), Carmen (Vancouver Opera), Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Edmonton Opera), Gavin Bryars’ Marilyn Forever (Adelaide Festival) and Le nozze di Figaro (revival at Norwegian National Opera). He is the author of five (and counting) original librettos. He was a Dora Mavor Moore Award nominee for Outstanding Direction (AtG’s Figaro’s Wedding), Outstanding New Opera/Musical (AtG’s #UncleJohn) and the recipient of the same prize for Figaro’s Wedding. Recent mainstage directing credits include debuts at the Canadian Opera Company (Carmen) and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Mozart’s Requiem). Recent mainstage directing credits include Canadian Children’s Opera Company (Brundibár), new productions of Dead Man Walking (Vancouver Opera and Minnesota Opera), Claude Vivier’s Kopernikus (Banff Centre) and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins). Upcoming directing credits include Osvaldo Golijov’s Ayre at Rockport Chamber Music Festival and Orphée⁺ at Banff Centre.

Christopher Mokrzewski

Topher Mokrzewski

Founding Member & Music Director


Conductor, pianist and vocal coach, Topher Mokrzewski is a steadily rising figure in the world of Canadian opera. He is currently Music Director of the acclaimed Toronto indie opera company Against the Grain Theatre, is Music Director of the Open Space Opera Program at The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and recently completed four seasons as Resident Conductor of Calgary Opera. A graduate of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio and the Eastman School of Music, he is frequently sought as a soloist, collaborator and music director. He has served on the music staff of the Canadian Opera Company, Opera Atelier, the Chautauqua Institute, Highlands Opera Studio, among others. Recent conducting engagements of note include: Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, South Pacific and The Mikado at Calgary Opera, Vivier’s Kopernikus and Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia at Banff Centre and the Toronto Summer Music Festival, Handel’s Messiah, Bound (a reimagined updated Handel project) and the critically acclaimed production of A Little Too Cozy with AtG, as well as Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man at the Glenn Gould School. As pianist, Topher recently performed Messiaen’s titanic Turangalîla Symphonie with the Calgary Philharmonic. The remainder of 2018 sees Mokrzewski returning to Against the Grain Theatre, as well as the Banff Centre, where he will conduct Gluck’s Orphèe et Eurydice and Bernstein’s Candide.

Miriam Khalil

Miriam Khalil

Founding Member & Artistic Advisor


One of Canada’s acclaimed sopranos, Miriam Khalil has sung at Glyndebourne, Aldeburgh, and with North American companies and orchestras from coast to coast, including the Canadian Opera Company, Minnesota Opera, Edmonton Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, Opera Hamilton, Opera Lyra Ottawa and Opera Tampa. She is a graduate of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio and a Founding Member of Against the Grain Theatre. Her roles with AtG include Mimi in La Bohème, the Governess in The Turn of the Screw, Susanna in Figaro’s Wedding, Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande, Elvira in #UncleJohn, the soprano soloist in AtG’s Messiah and most recently Osvaldo Goijov’s song cycle Ayre (Banff, AB, Toronto and Ottawa, ON). Her 2017/20178 season includes company debuts with Urban Arias in Washington DC, Fargo Moorhead Opera in North Dakota, Rockport Music Festival in Maine and Centro Cultural Kirshner in Buenos Aires, Argentina and return engagements with Edmonton Opera and AtG.